Honey is one of the miracle foods on earth. Honey is packed full of vitamins and minerals, and it has strong natural antibacterial properties. In addition to this honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it attracts moisture. This humectant property moisturizes the hair and keeps it in tip-top condition. Another benefit is that frequent use of honey masks on your hair will naturally lighten it. Take a ¼ cup raw organic honey and thin with a little water. Apply this mixture to damp hair and leave it to soak in for at least 30 minutes. Rinse out with warm water and shampoo and condition as normal. This treatment is very effective when carried out twice a week.
An excellent hair mask can be made using honey and natural yogurt. Take a small bowl and mix one tablespoon of oil (coconut, olive or almond), 1 tablespoon of natural or plain yogurt (sour cream will also work well) and 2 tablespoons of honey. Gently warm the mixture in the microwave or over a pot of hot water. The mixture must be blood temperature; you do not want to scald your scalp! Massage the warmed mixture into your scalp and hair and cover with a shower cap. Find a warm, comfortable place to spend the next 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Shampoo and condition as normal. Use this treatment once a week.
Take ¼ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of honey. Mix them well in a small bowl and warm in the microwave or by placing the bowl over a pot of hot water. The mixture must be a comfortable temperature as you don’t want to scald your scalp. Gently massage this mixture into your scalp and along the length of your hair from root to tip. Leave the treatment in for at least 30 minutes and then rinse out with warm water. Shampoo and condition as normal. This treatment can be carried out once or twice a week for a soft, shiny head of hair.
A deep treatment mask can be made using honey, rose water and avocado pear. Take one avocado pear and mash the pulp well. Mix in five tablespoons of rose water and two tablespoons of honey. These ingredients must be blended very well, and a blender may be necessary to get them mixed properly. Massage this mixture into your scalp and along the length of your hair shafts and leave it to soak in for the next 30 minutes. Rinse it out with warm water and then shampoo and condition as normal. You will see a dramatic improvement in the quality of your hair if your carry this out at least once a week. If you have very long or very thick hair, you may have to adjust the quantities listed here. Make sure you make enough of the treatment to soak your hair thoroughly.